Inspiration, Screenwriting advice

Must-read article for aspiring screenwriters

I just read a great article titled: The Number One Problem Holding Your Script Back by Jeff Legge for ScreenCraft. Essentially, he talks about how ego plays such a role in holding back good screenwriters from reaching their potential. If you’re a writer, it’s definitely worth a read.



It’s never too late.

I recently graduated from film school at the ripe “old” age of 48. And, after the celebration died down and the feeling of pride began to fade, I started to wonder if it was all worth it. Would I ever be a successful screenwriter? How can I use what I learned? Could I even break into filmmaking?Would I ever really use my skills? How can I make a living at it? Then the following article crossed my Twitter feed and it gave me hope. It reminded me that nothing we do when following our dreams is in vain. And, that following your passion is always in style, no matter how old you are.

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Hitchcock said it best.


Alfred Hitchcock, in a 1976 interview, discusses his “latest” film: The Family Plot, along with his filmmaking process. “If you’re going to get suspense, you’ve got to make everything very clear to an audience. … An audience wondering is not an audience emoting.” Take a look at this interview-turned-masterclass (posted on YouTube by Eyes on Cinema).

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Art Design and Location Shooting: Creating a mood board for the film Frankenweenie

“As part of my recent Art and Production Design class at Full Sail University, I was tasked with creating a mood board for a scene from the film Frankenweenie. What an amazing experience! It was like putting together a puzzle using texture, colors, light and artistic elements. You can read more below about my inspiration for this board. I hope it inspires you to create your own!” -Cindy Heath


Scene: A nighttime exterior, whereby a dog named Sparky has run away from his owner (a young boy named Victor) and is wandering around the town’s fair, lost and confused. Victor employs the help of his parents in finding Sparky and the scene ends on a sinister note where four kids are plotting to sneak into Victor’s house when he and his parents leave to find Sparky.

Colors: A pop of red is a nice contrast to the other earthy tones and brings some life to what otherwise could be a very muted, dark, earthy color palette.

Lighting: Dim with the effect of streetlights, strings of lights and an overall glowing feeling. In addition, the casting of shadows lends itself to the anxiety that Sparky feels being lost and Victor feels as he discovers his dog is missing.

Set dressing: A town square with fair booths and rides and Victor’s backyard that contains an empty dog house.

Images: The black and white photo of the somber little boy shows Victor’s feelings of losing his dog, and the photo of the dog, tucked under the chair, conveys Sparky’s feelings of fear as he’s in an unfamiliar space with many strangers. The crowd photo with double exposure, seems to vibrate, giving off a sense of confusion, which the characters are experiencing in this scene.

The photo of the lit canal in the city and the photo of the line of balloons represent the feeling at the fair. Rows of booths create straight lines with vanishing points. Photos of several rounded items, including the bicycle, ferris wheel and balloons show a softness of emotion that contrasts the harshness of the situation.

Textures: The brown carpet is reminiscent of a dog’s rich, soft fur, while the photo of the asphalt pavement shows the roughness that both Victor and Sparky have to face in trying to resolve this dilemma. In addition, the black denim represents the edginess that nighttime brings while the photo of the golden glass mimics the glow of the fair lights.

The overall mood of the scene is one of questioning—Will Victor find Sparky before something bad happens? How will Sparky manage the strangeness of his surroundings? What will the kids do inside Victor’s house?


Who has encouraged you? Who can you encourage?

Sometimes, promotional videos or advertisements come along, and they tell a story that touches you … inspires you … makes you think. This is one of those videos.

This 2011 commercial by Singapore’s Ministry of Education tells the story of a young man whose life is fraught with tragedy and struggle and the one person who never gave up on him.

“This video resonates with me because throughout my life, I’ve had people who have encouraged me and guided me to be the person I am today. And, in turn, I hope to leave a legacy of being an encourager to others.” – Cindy Heath